Cirque du Soleil Totem

Cirque du Soleil's TotemAnna and I went to see Totem last night, Cirque du Soleil’s latest production. Anna was absolutely enthralled the whole time. Several parts she found really funny, and we were both seriously impressed with the physical feats of the performers.

My only complaint was that all but three performers had full body suits on – some even with painted-on muscles. I appreciate seeing real skin and muscles, so I found that a bit distracting. But overall, we both found it captivating and entertaining.

@ Cirque du Soleil, used with permission

One of the few performers showing actual skin and rippling muscles. Impressive! And how does he DO that?

We wanted to buy Eric a souvenir since we didn’t bring him with us. We settled on a bouncy-flashy ball for $6! Anna wanted to get him a colorful plush tree frog, but I wasn’t willing to spend $40 on a stuffed animal. Anna wanted to get herself a cool t-shirt, but it was $70. Mugs were $10, but Anna settled on a butterfly finger puppet, which she wore through the whole second act and all the way home.

If you go:

Parking is well-organized, but we walked quite a way from our spot to the entrance of the big tent. Want to know what is immediately adjacent to the entrance of the tent? THE LIGHTRAIL STOP. We had considered taking MAX, but didn’t allow enough time. Doing it again, I might plan to eat dinner at a restaurant on the line and leave the car there, then take MAX on over to the show. Especially if I’m wearing heels. You can go to TriMet’s trip planner to see if MAX can work for you. The auto swap meet is happening the weekend of April 4-6, I think, so that would be a great time to take MAX. I have a feeling parking will be a challenge that weekend.

It’s a late night for kiddos. The show starts at 7:30, has a half-hour intermission, and ends about 9:50 p.m. We had the opportunity to go behind the scenes afterwards and meet a few of the performers, but Anna was exhausted. As I write this, she is struggling to get out of bed to get ready for school! I should go help her.

Concessions are available, but I was glad we had eaten dinner. I had a glass of wine for $10, and got popcorn and a bottle of orange juice for Anna for $12. I was glad to see a variety of wine and beer offered – it’s nice to have that available.

We couldn’t take photos inside the show, of course, but here are a few of the official photos from some of our favorite scenes:

evolution fixed-trapeze-duo-2 TOTEM-QUEBEC roller-skates-3 russian-bars-3Cirque du Soleil’s Totem is playing at the Portland Expo Center through May 4.

Here’s the official description of the show:

TOTEM traces the fascinating journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. The characters evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations.

Inspired by many founding myths, TOTEM illustrates, through a visual and acrobatic language, the evolutionary progress of species.

Somewhere between science and legend TOTEM explores the ties that bind Man to other species, his dreams and his infinite potential.

Totem on Facebook:

Twitter: @Cirque #TOTEM

Instagram: @cirquedusoleil #TOTEM

Official website:

Let me know if you go, and what you think of the show!


Disclosure: we were given tickets for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received, and all opinions are mine and Anna’s.

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